The results of a new study suggest the United States might want to consider downgrading its Naval fleet for more cost-effective options, as other nations rely on cheaper defense technologies.
The Royal United Services Institute study looked at data from several counties and concluded it might not be necessary for the U.S. and England to each have such a robust Navy. Countries such as Russia and China use less expensive missiles and inexpensive cyberwarfare technologies that are nearly as effective as traditional weapons systems.
"Although the U.S. spends much more on defense technology development than its potential adversaries, its better technology does not necessarily translate to proportionate military advantage in a specific theatre," a paper about the study reads.
"A core point is that the U.S. and the UK are powers that must deploy their forces away from home in order to provide assurance to their friends and allies, to deter aggression, and prevent conflict. In contrast, their potential adversaries operate largely from their home territory."
The paper goes on to explain non-traditional forms of weaponry like cyberwarfare have become more prevalent among "potential adversaries of the U.S. and other NATO states."
That, the study's authors write, "requires different management and investment arrangements than those associated with the traditional defense portfolio."
The U.S. Navy would like to increase its fleet to 355 vessels, up from its current total of 274.
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